We hear a lot about justice in Scripture. The prophets are vigilant in reminding us about God’s vision for a just world, one in which we welcome the stranger and feed the hungry and make sure no one suffers from poverty, war, or violence. Amos chastises God’s people for pushing aside the needy (5:12) and gives us a breathtaking image of God’s justice: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Micah tells us exactly what God expects of us: “To do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God” (6:8)
As we grapple with God’s word, we look to Jesus, the One who became flesh and lived among us, to show us what just love truly is. The cross is the deepest expression of just love – a love that would rather die than retaliate, a love that is powerful enough to defeat death itself.
This message is excerpted from the Bible study “Just Love,” by Christa Compton and Gladys Moore in the June 2020 Gather magazine. Today is the seventh Sunday in Epiphany.
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